For any medical practice, record keeping is an essential element in its operations—be it in patient, administrative or billing contexts. With a 2015 federally mandated electronic record keeping deadline approaching, it is a smart business decision for any practice to ensure its infrastructure is both current and robust enough to manage extensive data collection and storage requirements.
For this client with multiple physician and surgical offices in the eastern United States, the need for a HIPAA-compliant record keeping solution was especially urgent. Previously housing records at a local medical center, the client needed to immediately move and then independently store and manage its proprietary data. Further, the client needed to work within a 30-day window to complete the transfer of data from the previous location to its own system.
The company’s IT Director contacted MicroAge’s Rich Birberick, with whom he has worked for a number of years. In their discussions, it became apparent that installing a secure SAN with partitioning capacity would best address the company’s data needs. Residing at the client’s main location, the SAN would support approximately 80 users at various scattered sites. “I recommended the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 3200 12TB Network Storage System. It offers the performance and capability necessary for a HIPAA-compliant environment—and its pricing is very competitive,” says Rich. The client agreed and the solution was put in place.
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 3200 Network Storage System boasts a high-density 2U 12-bay rack-mount and redundant power supplies, ensuring reliability and business continuity. Installation proved to be a truly turnkey operation; set up, data transfer and access were readily accomplished on site by the client, completing the transition with virtually no down time. From the client’s point of view, the solution provides reliable security and its partitioning features allow for maximizing data storage both now and in the future.
As the medical field further migrates to an all-electronic environment, this client’s record keeping system will remain in good health for years to come.